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Beer Duty, Pubs and the Autumn 2019 Budget

Thank you to many of my constituents for contacting me recently about taxation on beer and pubs. I know that this important issue will be of concern to many people in our area. The pub sector supports 900,000 jobs, generates £23 billion in economic value and provides £13 billion in tax revenues. In addition, 30 […]

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West Bank Prom

Following concerns being raised with me regarding the condition of the Prom in West Bank I have contacted David Parr, Chief Executive at Halton Borough Council to share these concerns. The letter is copied below. Dear David, I have been contacted by my constituents regarding the condition of the Prom Wall in West Bank.  My […]

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Halton’s NHS Services

Today I have had urgent conversations with both the Chief Officers of Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Trust regarding the ‘My Choice Scheme’ at Warrington & Halton Hospitals. I am pleased to note that the scheme has currently been paused. I have submitted a series of questions to both […]

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TV Licences and over 75s

Thank you to many of my constituents who have contacted me about TV licences for people over the age of 75. I too am outraged that millions of older people will lose their free TV licences and I fully agree that the Government should take back responsibility for maintaining the free licence. I was proud to […]

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Puppy Smuggling

Thank you to my constituents who have contacted me recently about puppy smuggling. I share your concerns about the illegal importation of puppies into the UK and I pay tribute to Dogs Trust for its crucial work on this issue. I have long believed that more should be done to block wholesale puppy imports that are abusing […]

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NHS Long Term Plan and Cancer

Thank you to my constituents who contacted me about the cancer workforce and the NHS Long-Term Plan. More than 360,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every year and that figure is expected to rise to more than half a million by 2035. I sympathise profoundly with anyone who is affected, and I pay […]

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Childrens’ Services Cuts

Thank you for contacting me about funding for children’s services. Children’s services provide a lifeline to thousands of vulnerable children and families in our area and across the country. However, local authorities have experienced unprecedented cuts to funding since 2010. Indeed, analysis by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, NSPCC, the Children’s Society and the National Children’s […]

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Brexit Deal Vote Tuesday 15th January 2019

I believe the Brexit deal the Prime Minister has agreed with the EU is deeply flawed and represents a complete failure of her approach over the last two years. The Prime Minister’s deal will not protect jobs, workplace rights or environmental standards. It will not ensure frictionless trade for UK businesses. The lack of a […]

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Halton’s Government Funding Cuts

Derek has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in support of the Leader of Halton Borough Council, Cllr Rob Polhill’s, call for a reversal of the planned cuts to Halton’s government funding, to urgently address the £5.8 billon gap in funding that council’s face by 2020 and to provide Halton and other councils […]